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Jul 19, 5:22 PM EDT

Missouri unemployment up but still below national rate


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's unemployment rate is up but still is below the national rate.

Data from the state's Economic Development Department released Tuesday show Missouri's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 4.3 percent in May to 4.5 percent in June.

The national unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in June. The state agency says June marked the 25th month that Missouri's rate remained below the national one.

Missouri's total number of payroll jobs remained steady from May to June.

The total seasonally adjusted civilian labor force is about 3.1 million people.

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